Brining Your Meat

To brine or not to brine? Our favorite fried chicken recipe – Thomas Keller’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken – begins with a brine. So what is brining all about? What is Brining? At its most basic, brining is submerging meat in a solution of salt and water for many hours before cooking, enhancing the meat’s ability…

When You Give a Fig …

…about eating truly ripe fruit, you need to buy it seasonally and locally. So hit the farmer’s market and bring home a little basket of figs. It’s fig season and they are perfect now, whether eaten out of hand or paired with charcuterie like Jambon de Bayonne, smoked duck breast, duck prosciutto or bacon. Mmm…bacon-wrapped figs. And then…

Bird is the Word of the Month

September is National Chicken Month … and we will be celebrating with chicken, chicken and more chicken. Check back for recipes, tips, and restaurants where you can try our chicken. Also, as our gift to you, shop at dartagnan.com and save 15% on all chicken through the end of September. Do you know about our…

Can’t Go Back to Regular Burger Meat Now!

Have you tried D’Artagnan ground Wagyu beef yet? You might just be missing out on the burger of a lifetime. Order Wagyu beef for your end-of-summer celebrations, and make the last burger of the season the best. Gary, a foodie from Philadelphia, tried our ground Wagyu beef recently and here’s what he says … Ordered…

Is Your Chicken Air Chilled?

If You’re Not Cooking With Air-Chilled Chicken, You’re Doing It Wrong So says Bloomberg Pursuits in this article, which quotes Ariane and explains why an air-chilled chicken is both tastier and safer to eat. For years, Ariane has been a huge proponent of air-chilled chicken. As always, she made sure that D’Artagnan was among the first…

Food Tank: Interview with Ariane Daguin

Ariane was recently interviewed by Food Tank, a non-profit think tank for food, focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. As a pioneer in creating alternatives to factory farming, Ariane spoke about her background, her quest for the perfect chicken, and what sets D’Artagnan products apart. In my family, we can…

Chefs of Betony Come to Visit

We are always happy to have visitors at our Union, NJ office. When Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony in NYC made the trip, along with two chefs from his kitchen, he came bearing gifts. The first was an autographed dish for the wall of plates in our dining hall. The message reads: “Dear Ariane, Thank…

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

Because today could easily turn into debauchery at a fast food restaurant, we offer you a recipe for Mini Duck-Fat Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles with Sriracha Honey. Let’s keep this holiday classy, folks. Fried chicken is a serious thing; there’s no need to eat it from a bucket. Celebrate responsibly.

The Whole Foie Gras Duck

Ariane was honored to be a guest lecturer at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC last week. Ariane is committed to educating and supporting the next generation of chefs, and she enjoys going to culinary schools to share her experience and wisdom. This time she demonstrated breaking down a whole duck – with the foie…

Seeing Stars: What is the Michelin Guide?

Have you ever wondered about the Michelin Guide and its stars? The Guide (pronounced geed in French) gives out stars from 1 to 3 when it reviews restaurants; this is the most prestigious rating that a restaurant can get. The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. See the…

8 Ways to Mix Up Your Grilling Routine

Bored with the same old stuff on the grill? Mix up your grilling routine and try some of our protein alternatives to shake things up! Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your grill game and try new things. 1. Burgers If you normally grill burgers, try… buffalo burgers. An easy switch! Try our recipe…

How To Build a Better Cheeseburger

Burgers. We all love ’em, right? And with the summer season underway, we can expect to eat a lot of hamburgers. While there’s something to be said for sticking with the classics, sometimes you feel like shaking up the burger routine. Go ahead – get adventurous! The burger makes an excellent blank canvas (try a buffalo…